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Employing a Private Tutor as Part of Home Schooling

By: Louise Tobias BA (hons) - Updated: 17 May 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Home Tutoring In A Home School Education

Some parents feel unable to cater for their child's entire teaching and want to hire a private tutor for some subjects, or others may book a tutor for a child's entire home learning. It's best to shop around as many tuition agencies offer home education packages with tutors who are especially used to home schooling. These may offer online tutoring as well as one to one private tutoring, with aims such as helping students to better understanding a particular subject, pass an exam or improve intellectual capacity.

Home Tutoring Subjects Available

Private tutoring options encompass almost every subject you can imagine, from maths and science to art and design technology - although the latter will require the home education 'classroom' to contain certain resources. Certainly all subjects on the National Curriculum are covered by tutors, and there will be a diverse range of tutors available in sources like the local telephone directory or online; most tutors are prepared to visit a family's home for the lessons, although some will host lessons in their own home or another space such as a public hall. It is useful to be aware that all private tutors should know about the National Curriculum and/or qualifications such as GCSEs, ASs and A Levels and can be used as a source of advice.

The Cost of Home Tutoring

Private tutoring was once a privilege for only wealthy families but it is now developing a more mainstream appeal. Many tutors will offer their tutoring services as a supplement to their own income such as classroom teaches. Fees will normally be per hour, but if a home schooling family require a great deal of time, or several children to educate, they may be able to negotiate a discount. Fees usually start at £10 per hour and can rise by anything up to £40 an hour, but again, this may differ if a lot of time is booked for one family's needs, or a long term engagement is organised.

Finding an Ideal Home Tutoring

Tutors can help home schooled children with a range of skills, from help with general learning of a particular subject to specialised exam tips to helping them go through past papers to advising on the expected way that qualifications such as GCSEs and A Levels will be tackled. Tutors may also help children to work out a study or revision timetable, so it is worth trying out a few tutors to find the best 'match' for your child as each may have different skills in these areas.

It's important that the tutor gets on well with your child, and that he or she comes with recommendations, ask for references or go through a local tuition centre that accredits its tutors. Ask about qualifications such as teaching degrees or courses and subject qualifications such as degrees, as well as whether tutors have had a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check. Some Local Education Authorities (LEAs)may be able to offer help such as a list of tutors working in a particular area, although no funding help will usually be made available for home tuition.

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I am coming to Sydney with my children who will be aged 5 and 7. Both myself and my girls are UK residents and have been very happy and engaged in their schools in england. I have a 3 month visiting research contract with Sydney university and would like to look into home tutoring for the girls whilst I am at work. Would anyone be willing to undertake this for such a short period of time? When we return to England they will be going back to their old school.
Lisa - 17-May-18 @ 9:30 AM
Ellsmell - Your Question:
Would my child jut be able to go on a website or get work sent home instead off attending school and not been shown absent on the register

Our Response:
No you need to formally withdraw your child from the school if she doesn't want to attend.
AHomeEducation - 4-May-18 @ 2:03 PM
Would my child jut be able to go on a website or get work sent home instead off attending school and not been shown absent on the register
Ellsmell - 2-May-18 @ 9:52 PM
Ak - Your Question:
I have 2 children who I want to homeschool with a teacher one of them is 14 and she is already home schooled but its difficult without a teacher and my 11 year old also because he is struggling a lot

Our Response:
You can find private tutors in your area by an Internet search or perhaps try contacting your Local Education Authority.
AHomeEducation - 20-Apr-18 @ 2:47 PM
I have 2 children who i want to homeschool with a teacher one of them is 14 and she is already home schooled but its difficult without a teacher and my 11 year old also because he is struggling a lot
Ak - 18-Apr-18 @ 1:16 PM
I have an 11 year old girl year 7 who is very bright and did well during her sats however she is not thriving at high school. I’d go as far as to say she hates it. Im wondering about cost and how home schooling works she would need a regular tutor to cover all subjects and formal exams as she wants to be a doctor. Please help.
Clairelou - 14-Mar-18 @ 8:36 AM
Im an English /History teacher and can show my qualifications as required. Ive recently retired and would be available, and happy to do so, during day time to tutor high schoolstudent(s) (could probably manage years 5 and 6) in the Sydney area .My emailis pamandian@iinet.net.au .i live in Ryde but Im happy to travel Ian mcAlpin BA Grad Dip Ed
tigerian - 13-Sep-12 @ 1:02 PM
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